The Rats Nest

Friday, August 23, 2013

It's Almost That Time...

Once again another summer comes to a close, and we're shortly approaching the  doorstep of my favorite time of year.

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are going down both day and night, and soon the leaves will be changing colors.  

Many different species of fish will become aggressive once again before the snow flies, and it will be time to throw big streamers in hopes of landing that trophy fish.  Every year I look forward to the fall as I'm not a fan of high temperatures, humidity and the like, and  there's just nothing finer than putting on a sweater and going out to wet a line while watching the fog roll  off of your favorite Trout stream.   

Like the seasons, some changes are coming for me as well, some for the better.   Next week both my girls start school full-time,  and now that I'm acclimated to working a normal day shift schedule, I've muddled through a month of complete craziness only to be rewarded with a schedule that will grant me larger blocks of free time. 

So what does that mean you ask?  Essentially it means I'll have more time to devote to tying  Fly orders and getting out on the water.  So, If you're thinking you want to get some bugs or some meat flies for this fall you might want to start thinking ahead and placing your orders in the next few weeks as I typically get inundated last minute.  If you all get in board and get a jump start with a nice steady flow of orders,  I can keep on top of them starting next week.  

I should also be able to get back on track with the regular tying videos, and I've got a bunch of fly patterns to add to the store and some new stuff kicking around in my  head, so it should be a good fall and winter for all you tyers out there.  

Here's to the fall and everything that it brings stay tuned.......

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Fly Store Is Updated And Live.

Just in time for the fall, the Online Fly Store is back online and updated.  There are several new patterns in the mix including the much anticipated full sized Juggernaut, Headcase Crab, Optic Minnow and Double Optic Minnow to name a few.
Juggernaut's Now Available In The Store

The new layout with Goodsie took a little getting used to as I am not very computer savvy,  but it has proven to be quite a bit more functional for what I need.   There is a Contact page now where any questions on customized patterns can be fielded. 
Custom Red, White & Black Double Optic Minnow

After tonight I should be only one small order of trout sized bugs in the hole, so if you're looking for some stuff for the fall, it might not be a bad time to start planning.  What I will say though, is if I get inundated with orders as has been the case, I will shut the store down for a few to catch up.
Custom Fire Tiger Double Optic Minnow

My schedule has changed so my alotted tying time has dwindled a bit, and limited to smaller blocks of time once again so bear with me while I make the transition.  Expect to see a bunch of additions to the store in the months to come, some new, some old with my own personal touch.
Custom Perch Double Optic Minnow

On a side note, I have been getting a great deal of emails from various clubs to come out this fall and winter to speak at your meetings.  As of right now, I am booked up solid for the winter and do not have any available dates left.

Headcase Crab
In the meantime, here's to cooler nights, and hungry fish.  Fish on......

Friday, August 9, 2013

New Exciting Tying Products That You'll Soon See On Some Patterns Tied Here

So it's been a month or so since the IFTD show, and I'm certain most of you know about some of the new tying products out there that are creating a buzz.  Most of them are from the Flymen Fishing Company, and I have been lucky enough to have been able to play around with several of them prior to their official release to the consumer.

The new Fish Mask has been one that I am really digging and so have the fish that I've been chasing.  The mask makes finishing large, broad profiled heads on streamers a much faster process.  Prior to the mask, one would have to build up a head of epoxy or Clear Cure Goo to achieve the wide head that will complete some of the larger optic styled flies we tie on larger streamers.  This process can be daunting even with UV curing products as it may take several minutes to not only complete the head, but you also run the risk of making a misshaped  head if your not super careful.  Couple that with the fact that you may use up a good amount of your material to build a large head leaving you with an empty bottle of goo after a handful of larger flies (not cheap).
This Largemouth Crushed This 12" Pike Fly Using An 8.5 MM Eyed Mask

Now, with the mask the clear lightly weighted heads are a snap, and they are uniform to boot.  This product really hit it out the park in my book as they come in  8 sizes, accommodating eyes from 3mm up to the giant 15mm eyes used for pike and musky patterns.  Like the other skull products, they are flared on the top and bottom to allow movement to the materials used in the wings of the flies, so in essence, a very well thought out product, two thumbs up in my book, and as you can see the flies I've been tying using them have done well with the fish as well.
Same Fly Inhaled By This Pike Two Weeks Ago, Very Durable In My Book

The next product that I've been playing with is really nothing new, just beefed up a bit for the predator chasers out there.  The Blane Chocklett Big Game Shanks have filled in where the articulated shanks fell short.  Engineered in larger sizes with beefier gauge wire, and larger hoops to accommodate larger hooks, these shanks are where its at for flies that fall into the big class.  I've been using them for over a month now and I've yet to have any of them bend or fail.  The shanks come in three sizes, 28,40 and 80 mm for those giant musky patterns you see floating around out there.  There are a slew of possible options with these, should be fun to see what comes from them in the future.
Some Monster Pike/Musky Patterns Using The Big Game Shanks And 15mm Masks

The last product, and probably the one that has created the most buzz is the Articulated Fish Spine.   The fish spine is nothing more than a series of different sized shanks daisy chained together to create a multi-jointed streamer.  Blane Chocklett's Game Changer fly has been a hot topic in the fly fishing community as it is the first fly that utilizes these materials to basically replicate a swim bait style streamer.  Whether you think it's more a lure than a fly is on you, there's no denying that it has some awesome movement right along the lines of many of the the articulated streamers out there.  I have yet to play with these yet, but I have some ideas kicking around in my melon that you might see come off the Regal in the next few months.

Some exciting new stuff for us tyers out there this year, and I hear that  there's more to come.  If you've noticed that my fly posts on facebook and here have been pretty lacking lately, it's largely in part to a schedule change at work that I'm adjusting to, and the training that I've been doing to prepare for the New England Tough Mudder tomorrow.  I've wanted to do one of these events for several years now, and now that the kids are at a manageable age, my other passion, training, is back in full swing and a big part of my daily routine once again.  Hopefully, all goes well and I finish this ordeal without any hangups.  Sunday I will be regrouping, and back on my normal tying crazed track, and writing in the book.  Expect to see fly photos on a regular basis, and the new revamped storefront online in the next week. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Store Updates

Just to let you all know, the online fly store will be down for a few as it is getting a face lift.  Once she's back up and running, I'll post it for you all to check out.  There will be some new additions in the store for the apex predator hunters out there too.  Here's a few photos to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.

Juggernaut and Some Yak Action

Grizzly Juggy Jr.
Black & Red Juggy Jr.

Big 15" Triple Pike Treat.
Single & Double Hang time Minnows.

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